A Song For All Beings

Last Saturday night, I attended a performance of A Song For All  Beings to a packed house. Composed and produced by Jennifer Berezan and friends, A Song For All Beings is based on the Buddhist practice of metta and the four immeasurable minds or Brahma Viharas (divine abodes) of loving kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and […]

How To Begin Meditation

Jack Kornfield is one of the foremost meditation teachers in America. Here he teaches us how to begin meditation. He trained as a monk in the Thai Forrest tradition and founded the Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Northern California. Even though he is one of the most popular teachers his humility, kindness, and compassion are […]

Mindfulness Meditation is Now Mainstream

Mindfulness meditation is now mainstream. What began as a small movement in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s has reached a global community. YouTube has many videos from many people including Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Jack Kornfield, and many more including The Honest Guys. Here is what they had to say about […]

When Life is Over

Mary Oliver wrote this poem about when life is over. This poem arrived yesterday from Zen Master Cheri Huber in her daily Peace Quote email. When it’s over, I want to say: All my life I was a bride married to amazement. I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms – Mary Oliver […]

Take One Seat by Ajahn Chah

This wonderful quote, Take One Seat by Ajahn Chah sounds a lot like Zen. But Ajahn Chah was a teacher in the Thai Forest Tradition of Theravada Buddhism. He was the root teacher of Jack Kornfield and many other Western teachers looked up to him. Just go into the room and put one chair in […]

Forgiveness Training with Jack Kornfield

Happy New Year! Since this is the last day of the year, it is a great time to think about forgiveness so we can enter the new year with joy and happiness. The subject of this video is a forgiveness training with Jack Kornfield. It was presented at the Greater Good Science Center in Berkeley, […]

Backstage Interviews At Wisdom 2.0

Many important teachers at Wisdom 2.0 were asked, “What is wisdom?” Jack Kornfield, founder of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Marin County, California said that it was bringing about connection. His statement was in line with The Declaration of Interdependence. Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter, said “Wisdom is understanding plus experience.” Daniel Siegel, co-director of the […]

The Importance of Faith in Buddhism

Sharon Salzberg is a frequent visitor to these pages. She is one of the original founders of the Insight Meditation Center in Barre, Massachusetts, along with Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfield. I think her major contribution to Buddhism in the West is the way she writes about and teachs metta (loving kindness) practices. In these […]

Loving Kindness Meditation with Gil Fronsdal

It is with great pleasure that I present this Loving Kindness Meditation with Gil Fronsdal. The text is from his book, The Issue at Hand. The book is offered as a gift to the community. It is freely given and available online. I found this to be so instructive that I want to share this […]

Vipassana Meditation Day 1

Satya Narayan Goenka, also known as S. N. Goenka, was the foremost lay teacher of Vipassana meditation of our time. He was the foundational teacher of Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg, and many other people that have appeared on these pages. His ten day vipassana meditation course is responsible for the popularity and growth […]